Testimony

Testimony by CFR fellows and experts before Congress.

The Law of the Sea Convention

Author: John B. Bellinger III

In his testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, John Bellinger argues that the Law of the Sea Convention is beneficial to the United States military, especially during a time of armed conflict, because it provides clear treaty-based navigational rights for our Navy, Coast Guard, and aircraft.

See more in Treaties and Agreements; United States

Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation and Enforcement

Author: Ray Takeyh

In his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Ray Takeyh discusses the conflicting priorities of Iran's Supreme Leader. Khamenei needs America as an enemy and a robust nuclear infrastructure to legitimize his rule. Yet, these enmities only further erode his economy and potentially threaten his hold on power.

See more in Iran; Sanctions

Moving Forward on Visa Policy

Author: Edward Alden

In his testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Edward Alden argues that the United States needs a broader package of legislation that includes expanding the Visa Waiver Program and encourages more efficient visa security screening.

See more in United States; Immigration

NATO: Chicago and Beyond

Author: Charles A. Kupchan

Charles A. Kupchan testifies before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and what's at stake in the upcoming Chicago summit.

See more in NATO; Global

China’s Global Quest for Resources and Implications for the United States

Author: Elizabeth C. Economy

China's search for food and land in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Africa, reflects the country's pressing scarcity of water. China's approach has set off alarm bells in the region and the United States should work actively to address China's water security needs, argues Elizabeth Economy before the House U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

See more in China; Water Security

Author: Max Boot

In his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Max Boot argues that the impact of budget cuts has the potential to devastate our armed forces and do more damage to their fighting capacity than any other external foe.

See more in Defense Strategy; Defense Budget

Massacre at Camp Ashraf: Implications for U.S. Policy

Author: Ray Takeyh

In testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ray Takeyh says that mutual antipathy to the presence of the Iranian opposition party Mujahidin-i Khalq in Iraq is the one issue that has brought Tehran and Baghdad together.

See more in Iran; Iraq

Author: Benn Steil

Benn Steil testifies before the Senate on the importance of regulatory reforms to make U.S. markets more resilient to the failures of individual financial institutions. He argues that well capitalized and regulated central derivatives clearinghouses have historically provided the best example of successful "safe-fail" risk management in the derivatives industry.

See more in Financial Crises

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The Secure Visas Act

Author: Edward Alden

Edward Alden testifies before the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. He warns that unnecessary visa delays damage the United States' reputation as a country that champions fairness and due process.

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What Is an Acceptable End-State for Afghanistan?

Author: Richard N. Haass

Richard N. Haass testifies before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, what constitutes an acceptable end-state in that country, and how the United States can best work to bring it about.